The Vision of Crosswinds
Crosswinds began with a vision of establishing a bridge between the young jazz communities of the US and Japan. Jazz has been flourishing in both countries. Japan has been dubbed by UNESCO as "the largest jazz community in the world today". The US, being the birthplace of the art-form, contains its treasury. Unfortunately, there isn't an established link between both centers.
Despite the wonders of communications in the 21st century, why hasn’t any solid networking been established between both jazz centers? A possible reason could be a conflict in cultures, where popular media tends to promote the notion that "long hours in the practice room = success in the music industry", downplaying the practicality of establishing links between musicians and leading to further alienation. These notions provide little opportunity or cause for the young musicians to even consider building connections with the people they will or could be working with in the future.
As the young jazz community takes the baton and continues to fly the flag of the art-form high, they should adapt to the commercial culture of our present. One of the key features of modern commerce are many cultures coming together and embracing each other. The only way this is possible is through a bridge connecting these centers together, and this vision drives us to establish a strong network between different jazz centers around the world, beginning with the major centers – The US and Japan.